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Anti-fracking protesters chain themselves up outside lorry depot

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Raveena Ghattaura

Anti-fracking protesters chained themselves up outside a lorry depot in Northamptonshire this morning demanding assurances from a haulage company before they moved on.

The group of about a dozen people arrived at the Eddie Stobart site in Daventry at about 6.45am.

They chained themselves to weights so they could not be moved.

Protesters outside Eddie Stobart in Daventry. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The group claimed the haulage company was facilitating fracking around the UK by providing logistical support to companies involved.

Although there is no fracking planned for Northamptonshire, the protesters chose the Daventry site because of its central position in the country.

They were demanding written confirmation that Eddie Stobart would no longer work at fracking sites - bringing materials in for contractors.

After the company issued a statement, the campaigners agreed to move on and unchained themselves at about 11.15am.

But they did not rule out coming back.

"If, at any time in the future, they again become associated with the fracking industry, equally it will again be incumbent upon us to take corrective action.

"We hope, however, that our peaceful protest today has given Eddie Stobart sufficient incentive for a repeat of this action to never again be necessary.

"We would like to thank the Northamptonshire police force for not interfering with our lawful right to peaceful protest and our inherent right to protect our health and environment."

– Statement from the 'Stobart Blockaders'
Police on standby during the anti-fracking protest. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

"During March, one of our tankers was sub-contracted to a company that made three deliveries to Cuadrilla. These deliveries have now ceased. We have verbally agreed with protesters that we have no plans to deliver into this site or other proposed locations.

"Therefore we are disappointed to see further protests on an Eddie Stobart site today."

– Eddie Stobart spokesman.